British ska band Madness is kicking off their 40th-anniversary show in London by charging 1979 ticket prices.
The sold-out gig was announced today via a fan blog. Tickets were on sale for £2.50 per ticket, with 1,000 available. Tickets were limited to two per buyer. Madness will play the Electric Ballroom on November 17 — 40 years to the day since the launch of their 2Tone tour at the same venue.
The band revealed the upcoming show in a newsletter last week, saying to expect some guest appearances.
“Expect some guests to join in too. There may be some pop alumni around on this historic anniversary night. Additionally, just like the sold-out triple nights at the Roundhouse this December, you can expect a setlist that’s a little different from the norm here.”
Madness is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with several different performances. The band’s London Kenwood House performance featured a full orchestra back in June. Madness also held their own House of Common festival at the Clapham Common in August.
The band will be headed back to Camden Town in December for two sold-out festival shows at the Roundhouse, back where it all started. Mark Bedford — bass guitarist for Madness — shared his thoughts about the celebrations on Twitter.
“We met at the Roundhouse. Three bands and some crew and, as always, a few friends. Boarding the old coach, we wondered if it would make it Brighton? It did, and it took us around the rest of the country on the ride of our lives. Welcome to the 2Tone Tour, 10/19/79.”
Tickets went so fast they were a blip on the radar for all but the very dedicated fans. The band’s official Twitter account is full of great photos and stories about the last forty years of Madness on tour.